LUKE 9:16-17: “Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: Am I living under the “Blessing” of the Lord? There is a difference between experiencing the “blessings” of the Lord, and living under the “Blessing” of the Lord! To experience the “blessings” of the Lord is an everyday occurrence for the believer. Daily we are recipients of His Grace. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the loved ones we share our life with – these are all “blessings” that He freely bestows upon us. Yet, to live under the “Blessing” of the Lord moves beyond our personal experience – to the outflow of His power and life through us – directed toward others!
The disciples were faced with an impossible task. Before them was a hungry crowd of 5000 men, not counting women and children. Modest estimates place the crowd between 10 – 20 thousand in total. Jesus had been teaching them all day. It was getting late. There was a restlessness in the disciples hearts about the impending situation. They suggested to Jesus – “Let them go into the nearby cities and villages so that they can buy some food.” Jesus responded – “You give them something to eat!” And when they checked their supplies they had a meager five loaves and two fishes, barely enough for the 13 of them, let alone the multitude that stood before them.
Many times we are faced with similar situations in our lives. Most of us have never had to provide food for a multitude, but all of us have faced great needs that exceeded out ability to fulfill. When this happens the “blessings” of God seem to fade in importance. In the face of such great need we need the “Blessing” of God in our lives. Notice what happened when Jesus “Blessed” the loaves and the fishes.
- “Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.”
Before Jesus “Blessed” them, there were a meager 5 loaves and two fish. After Jesus “Blessed” them there was enough to feed the multitude and to gather up twelve baskets of remaining fragments. What made the difference? It was the “Blessing” of the Lord! The same loaves and fish that the disciples held in their hands that were insufficient to feed the multitude become the very provision the fed them – when they were “Blessed”. This is the same principle in our calling and ministry to others. If we are relying upon the provision of our own “blessings” we will always come up short. However, if we come under the “Blessing” of the Lord we can see the ordinary turned into the miraculous!
This is not something we can manipulate or demand from the Lord. It flows from His heart of compassion. It is something that we have the privilege of participating in with Him, as He wills and directs. Yet, He still desires to multiply our effectiveness and ministry to others through His “Blessing”. It is not what we hold in our hands or in the talents we possess. The power and provision are found in the “Blessing” of the Lord. The “Blessing” of the Lord directs us to others and empowers us to do that which is exceedingly, abundantly, beyond anything we could do or ask! If we are going to live under the “Blessing” of the Lord – we better have our baskets ready!
Lord, give me the grace today to move beyond enjoying the “blessings” you have given me, and to begin to live under Your “Blessing”. Fill my heart with Your compassion for the broken, the hungry, the lost. Multiply that which I hold in my hand and my heart and do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond anything I could do our ask. My baskets are ready!
In Jesus Name!